Do you have a question about sexual assault? Find answers to frequently asked questions here.
What is a Rape Crisis Center?
An individual community based organization that is a member of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Cal*CASA) and funded through the Office of Emergency Services, Department of Health Services, County Office of Education, and/or a variety of city and county grants. The Center is staffed by certified sexual assault crisis counselors and volunteers and held to criteria and standards of operation as set forth by the Office of Emergency Services.
How much does it cost?
All services are free of charge.
Who can use the services?
Victims of any type of sexual violence, including sexual assault, child sexual abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, spousal rape, etc., even if the assault happened years ago. We serve male and female victims of all ages, as well as family, friends, partners, parents. Prevention education is provided to the San Joaquin County community.
Is what I say confidential?
All sexual assault counselors and volunteers adhere to the California State law which ensures confidentiality for any communication between a counselor/volunteer and victim. The Center has a written confidentiality policy and we have line blocking on all phone lines. Our number will not appear on caller ID displays.
Who is a certified sexual assault counselor or volunteer?
All counselors and volunteers are a select group of people who work for a sexual assault Rape Crisis Center and who meet the following criteria:
- Successfully completed a screening interview
- Successfully completed a 65-hour Victim Assistance Training as mandated by the Office of Emergency Services
- Receives a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education annually
- Supervised by staff of sexual assault department
Does my experience qualify as abuse? What if I’m overreacting?
Sexual abuse happens in many ways, all of which can be damaging. Try not to question the importance of your experience – listen to your feelings. If it feels like abuse or an assault, it probably is.
What if I don’t remember all the details?
The healing process is not like a law enforcement investigation; evidence is not the focus. It is more important to concentrate on healing.
What’s the point of talking about it now?
The early experience may have left you with feelings and self-talk that are confusing and uncomfortable. The counseling process can help you to shift your viewpoint, and to dispel some of the negative messages.
What if I can’t handle all the memories and feelings that come up?
A first step in counseling is the building of a “safety-net” and developing ways to manage feelings in a healthy way. You survived the abuse – you will survive the healing and thrive.